Reviewed: 23 June 2007
THE T-SHIRT THAT DOES ALL THAT A T-SHIRT REALISTICALLY CAN!
I'm a great fan of Adidas clothing, and this T-shirt (specifically designed for running) from the premium Adistar range is no exception. The fit is excellent in terms of length and chest size, although I found myself having to move up a size from my normal Adidas size! From a cosmetic point of view, the designs are great (with the trademark "3 stripes" less conspicuous) and match with other products in the range (I have matching shorts and jacket) which look neat and co-ordinated. The fabric is very lightweight and breathable, and allows great freedom of movement (thanks to "Formotion" technology apparently), despite being closer fitting than some shirts. I was concerned that the thin fabric could tear easily, but a collision with a gatepost, whilst grazing my skin, left the shirt totally unscathed. The ClimaCool sweat-wicking and ventilation is as good as any other shirt available. Washing (and especially drying) couldn't be easier. The design really does seem to reduce odour, despite my cynicism. There is no chafing, and it remains comfortable throughout runs of all distances and in all conditions, especially the treadmill - the acid test!
The price is an obvious drawback, but as with other items, the T-shirt can be found cheaper by shopping around or buying last season's colours. In very wet/sweaty conditions it clings a bit more than the Nike Sphere Dry shirts. There seems to be quite a lot of seams and stitching, which is no doubt required by the design, but has personally caused no problems. Available in fewer variations/colours than other T-shirts, and this season's bright green offering will certainly make you stand you out from the crowd!
If you're serious about running and looking for a premium product from a top brand that does all you'd hope for, and maybe more, this is it. Looks good, fits well, has matching products and performs excellently in all areas. It is one of the most expensive T-shirts available (at full price), but look around. I have around ten running t-shirts, and this one gets more than its fair share of usage!